Let us tell you the situation so far:
The Ukrainian army claimed in a Facebook post that it was trying to repel Russian attacks, and that one of its units in Kiev had pushed Russian forces back on its way to the city.
This morning, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in another Facebook post that "heavy fighting is going on" in one part of the city. The same post further states that now 'fighting' has also started on the streets of the capital. Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky warned that Russia would attack the capital, Kiev, in the next few hours.
More than 50 explosions and machine gun fire were reported in the capital, according to the Kew Independent.
However, Oleksiy Denilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said: "The situation in Kiev is under military control and we are using all available means to stop the Russians.
The US administration has asked Congress for 6.4 billion in aid to Ukraine.
UN aid agencies say about half a million Ukrainians could seek refuge in neighboring countries.
Russian state media banned from running advertisements on Meta platform
Facebook's parent company Meta has announced that it is banning advertisements from the Russian state media on all three of its platforms (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp). Nathanel Glaser, Facebook's head of security policy, posted on Twitter that "we will continue to label more Russian state media." He said that these new measures have already been implemented and they will be implemented by the end of the week.
Russian Defense Ministry claims control of Ukraine's most important city, Militia
Russia's Defense Ministry claims that its troops have captured the town of Melitopol in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhiya. According to Reuters, this is the first major city to be occupied since the Moscow invasion of Ukraine. Melitopol is the nearest town to Mariupol, Ukraine's most important port, and has a population of 150,000.
Two missile strikes on the capital, Kiev
Two missiles hit an area southwest of Kiev this morning, according to Reuters. It was not immediately clear what the targets were. According to the Kiev administration, one of the missiles landed on a residential building. According to Reuters, the second missile landed near Zoliani Airport in the capital.
Reports of missile attacks on Ukraine from the Black Sea
There are reports of missile attacks on Ukraine from the Black Sea. Tensions are rising and airstrikes are being reported in many areas.
Ukraine claims to have killed 3,500 Russian soldiers
The Ukrainian military has made some claims about damages to the Russian military. According to a post on the Armed Forces Facebook page, they have claimed that more than 3,500 Russian soldiers have been killed and about 200 taken prisoner so far. He added that Russia had so far lost 14 aircraft, eight helicopters and 102 tanks. Russia, on the other hand, has not yet acknowledged any casualties.
Russian hacker: 'I will defeat Ukraine with computer'
A group of patriotic Russian hackers has revealed how they spread chaos in Ukraine with the help of cyber attacks.
Ukrainian president rejects US offer of evacuation: 'I need weapons', not a flight to exit
According to US media, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has turned down an offer from Washington to help with the withdrawal from Ukraine. The Associated Press quoted a senior intelligence official as saying that Zelensky said "there is a fight going on here." I need weapons, not a flight to get out.'
The Washington Post also quoted US and Ukrainian officials as saying the US government was ready to help Zelensky.
Zelensky has been widely praised in response to the Russian attack on social media. Zelensky, a former comedian and actor, vowed to continue the fight in a speech saying, "You will see our faces attacking us, not our backs."
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